According to CBS Sports reporter Ben Jacobs, the Whites are one of many Premier League clubs to have taken a look at the Benfica talisman, who had an asking price of around €45m (£38m) in the summer window.
“Ramos has a release clause of €120m & was drawing interest long before the World Cup. He almost joined PSG over the summer. Benfica wanted close to €45m & that price will be higher now. Several EPL clubs have looked, including #MUFC, #NUFC, #LUFC, Wolves, Southampton & Forest,” he tweeted after his heroics for Portugal earlier this week.
Should Leeds splash out on Goncalo Ramos?
Indeed, the 21-year-old forward is going to command a much greater fee should he continue to impress in the quarter-finals and potentially beyond in Qatar but it’s the sort of marquee signing that the Yorkshiremen desperately need.
A luxury striking option could transition Jesse Marsch’s side from borderline relegation battlers to an underrated option for a late run at the European places in the Premier League.
The American head coach is still dealing with Patrick Bamford’s injury problems, making him a shadow of the player that bagged 17 goals in their first season back in the big time.
If director of football Victor Orta were to reignite Leeds’ interest in Ramos, then he could not only find a solution to the problem but one that’ll have the Whites making a bold statement.
In his first-ever World Cup start – a last-16 clash against Switzerland – the Portuguese goal machine bagged a hat-trick, taking his total for his nation to four goals from four caps. It also meant that he had notched a total of 18 goals for club and country this season.
His performance drew plenty of praise from around the game, including from presenter Gary Lineker, who described him as “remarkable,” claiming: “What an incredible night for Goncalo Ramos. With all the pressure of replacing one of the footballing greats, he scores a hattrick.”
Whilst talent scout Jacek Kulig has previously lauded him as “incredibly prolific” – indeed, we’ve just seen such claims come to fruition on the biggest stage as he has more goals than England’s Harry Kane and Poland’s Robert Lewandowski, as well as the same number as Argentina’s Lionel Messi and familiar Netherlands star Cody Gakpo.
Leeds clearly won’t be the only team keen on securing his signature in 2023, especially on the back of that impressive performance, but with the financial backing of the 49ers Enterprises, it’s the calibre of talent that they should be targeting.